The DeltaWing Road-Legal Car Is Closer Than You Might Think

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Two years ago, Nissan quit the DeltaWing race car project and left Don Panoz in charge of the project, basically on his own. After that, many thought the project will die in its diapers but that didn't happen, as the DeltaWing GT racer was officially announced.
After Nissan left, Don Panoz lost the engine which was provided by the Japanese carmaker but managed to get his hands on a 1.9-liter twin-turbo engine derived from Mazda's MZR engine. In fact, the odd-looking racer even made its debut during the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) back in 2013 and impressed the audiece on the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway.

So, what's so special about the less conventional car? Well, according to Don Panoz "it's all based on aerodynamics. It's certainly very green; it's half the weight, half the fuel, half the tire wear, half the horsepower yet the same performance."

The concept is bound to be unveiled later in 2015 and its main goal is to prove that a two-seater sports car built around the DeltaWing skeleton can stand up to today's supercars. It has some aces in its sleeve as well, thanks to a very narrow front track and a conventional rear wheelbase.

This solution translates into a significant reduction in overall mass and weight coupled with an aerodynamic efficiency gain. Due to this approach, less horsepower is needed to propel the vehicle, thus fuel consumption is reduced as well as greenhouse gas emissions.

Moreover, the company said that four-seater road car based on the DeltaWing architecture and powered by a 1.4-liter petrol engine good for 138 HP would return only 74 mpg highway and 57 mpg combined.

In today's eco-obsessed world, the DeltaWing can't arrive soon enough.
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